South Korea Box Office: Local Film 'The Priests' Debuts on Top, 'Bridge of Spies' Takes Fourth Place

Courtesy CJ Entertainment
'The Priests'

The exorcism thriller recorded the biggest opening of November.

Local thriller The Priests recorded the biggest debut score of November in South Korea over the weekend of Nov. 6-9, leaving top-ranking Hollywood titles to share miniscule portions of the remaining box-office share.

The Priests dominated 61.9 percent of the market share during this timeframe according to the Korean Film Council's KOBIS database, earning a gross total of about $11.3 million (13 billion won). The CJ Entertainment title stars A-list actors Kim Yun-seok and Kang Dong-won as a priest and deacon, respectively, teaming up for an exorcism.

The mystery drama was also released for ScreenX theaters. ScreenX is an immersive, three-screen cinema technology developed by CJ that is available at the entertainment giant's CGV cinemas dotting the country. It is the first time that a mainstream has been released in this format from the beginning.

The Martian came next in second. Though it climbed up one spot from the week before, its revenue share fell considerably from 20.1 percent to 6.8 percent. The 20th Century Fox Korea film has nevertheless earned a total $33.5 million here.

Trailing close behind in third, with 6.3 percent of the revenue, was Fatal Intuition, a new homespun film distributed by CGV Arthouse. Starring popular stars Joo Won and Yoo Hae-jin, the thriller is about a young man's struggles to discover the truth about his sister's death. The film's cumulative gross comes down to $6.5 million.

A second Fox title, Bridge of Spies, finished in fourth place during its first weekend. The Tom Hanks film reaped 4.5 percent of the revenue to earn a total $1.1 million during its debut weekend.

Burnt, the culinary film starring Bradley Cooper, debuted at No. 5. Handled by Noori Pictures, the Hollywood flick brought in 4.5 percent of total box-office earnings for a cumulative gross of $900,000.

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